Canadian Football League draft buzz has reached a fever pitch. Lots of scenarios are possible with the only consensus being that there is no consensus on how talent evaluators have stacked their boards. Let’s dig into the latest rumblings from draft rooms across the country.
The Alouettes are considering moving up. Sources say a trade partner might be able to be found with the Lions, who have two picks in the first round, more specifically the seventh overall selection.
After Arash Madani reported Iowa defensive lineman Faith Ekakitie will go No. 1 overall to Winnipeg that put the Riders and Chris Jones on the clock. Saskatchewan would like to find a trade partner to move down in round one and acquire additional selections – if the green and white believe they can land Cameron Judge later than second overall.
It’s the first draft as a general manager for Brock Sunderland in Edmonton. There is a sense of unknown surrounding the new Eskimos GM and what he’ll do in the draft. That means Edmonton’s choice at number five could swing the entire first round direction.
Danny Vandervoort and Nate Behar have been hyped through the draft process, rightly so with the university production each prospect put up. When teams openly gush about players that should, often times, be a warning signal.
Go back to 2015 for example, Lemar Durant was widely hailed as the top receiver available, fell all the way to the Stampeders with the last pick of round two. Nic Demski (Riders), Jake Harty (Redblacks) and Addison Richards (Bombers) all went higher than Durant.
It feels like a similar situation could play out with Vandervoort or Behar with one dropping unexpectedly. A number of scouts are strong in their evaluation of UBC’s Alex Morrison as the top pass target in the class.
Since we’re on the topic of receivers, Jacob Scarfone has flown under the radar due to an ACL injury that kept him out for the entire 2016 USports football season, but scouts have interest.
He made 57 catches for 940 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2015, earning All-Canadian honours. Five CFL teams worked out Scarfone in advance of the draft.
Yet another late draft add, DeShane Lewis has attracted attention from CFL scouts. He played defensive line at Pittsburg State, however, CFL teams have worked him out as a linebacker and fullback too.
The Toronto native stands five-feet-11, 240 pounds with a 4.75 40-time, 4.63 shuttle, 7.55 3-cone, 29.5-inch vertical and nine-foot, three-inch broad jump while benching 225 pounds 25 times. Six CFL teams have seen Lewis workout live.